Thomas D. Croci, father of Islip Town supervisor, dead at 71
Thomas D. Croci, a schoolteacher and administrator for
Thomas D. Croci, a schoolteacher and administrator for 30 years at Connetquot Schools and father to Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, died Monday, March 25, 2014 at the age of 71 from pancreatic cancer. (Credit: Handout)
Thomas D. Croci, an award-winning Connetquot schoolteacher and administrator and father to Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, died Monday from pancreatic cancer.
Croci lived for 42 years in Bohemia before recently settling in Sayville, splitting his time between there and a condo in Florida, where he passed away.
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Through his illness, which was diagnosed about a year ago, Croci
, who was born and raised in East Harlem, remained "upbeat," his daughter, Kristina Inserillo, said in a written statement.
Supervisor Croci, who is currently serving in the Navy overseas, could not be reached for comment.
It was not known Tuesday whether he
would be able to attend his
father's funeral services.
Thomas Croci first taught at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset before moving east to Connetquot High School as a health teacher, family said.
He was promoted to assistant principal there and transferred to Cherokee Elementary School before he became principal at Edith L. Slocum Elementary School, where he retired in 1998 after a 30-year career with the district.
Croci, who was "adored" by his students, received his teaching degree from the University of Montana as well as a master's degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in administration and supervision from Long Island University, Inserillo wrote.
Croci is survived by his two children, his sister and brother-in-law Lucille and Joe Calandra of Glen Cove, his sister Adele Smithers of Mill Neck, and two grandchildren.
An Army veteran and member of the American Legion
will be buried at Calverton National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jo-Ann C. Croci Foundation
, P.O. Box 131, Bohemia, NY 11716.